Re: WNC Web-Tech Meetup - March 2008

From: bml
Sent on: Sunday, March 2, 2008 1:43 AM
I am a full-time freelance web designer/programmer/developer ( and as such I interact with clients mostly and spend a lot of time alone at my computer. I would enjoy a community who understands and appreciates and tries to keep up with web technologies, and trends, and likes to discuss new developments etc.

Downtown Asheville works best for me for meetings. I really like the idea of a mixture of informal discussion, and get-togethers for something maybe a little more formal. Lunch seems great for the informal discussions... I recommend as soon as next week... Evenings seem better for more formal get-togethers (see below). I've sent a meetup meeting suggestion for Tuesday Lunch at 1pm at Mela downtown Asheville.

Also one of the things that I think would be great would be to have a kind of low-pressure show-and-tell for tools/technologies that we have a certain mastery of. There is so much in the web tech field to keep up with, that it would be nice not to have to read EVERYTHING ourselves. I'm sure we are all specialists in something that others don't understand very well. It would be nice to have an evening where we could here 2-3 half hour intros to certain technologies.

For example for my work I often have to get myself fully up to speed on a certain technology to complete a project. Here are some things that in the last year I spent a long time boning up on: actionscript 3, smarty framework, cake php framework, greasemonkey plugin, scriptaculous javascript framework, Pear php repository, php5 object model, vim script, vim filters, database abstraction layers, Active record database model, model view controller design pattern, google apis: maps, kml, calendar, fck through-the-web editor, etc etc etc. I could go on...  We all know this can be a time-consuming process. It would be nice to have someone who is already an expert give a 30 minute quick intro to give the rest of us a good foot in the door to make the transition to learning and/or evaluating new technologies easier.

I recommend we have a list of technology intro requests, and then those of use who feel we could give such an intro can volunteer to do that. For example for a couple of upcoming projects I'll have to really bone up on the following things, and I hereby make them formal Technology Intro Requests. If anyone has knowledge of these things, and would be willing to do a low-pressure show and tell, that would be AWESOME.

  • windows 2003 server, asp, .net
  • joomla, drupal cms
  • google earth kml, and geo positioning
  • linux <=> windows 2 way encryption/decryption
  • Eclipse editor
  • Flex-based actionscript 3 dev
  • laws surrounding storage of credit card info
  • CC processing api

What do you all think about that idea?

James Rice wrote:
Hi Ben,

I've done a poll previously to try to determine the most convenient times for everyone.  Seems like weekday evenings are best for most members. 

We've had a few meetups.  We're very informal.  Just an unmoderated discussion really.  I think they were pretty informative and I think everyone enjoyed them.  I think I'm one of the only members who is not a professional developer or designer, but I can usually follow the discussion pretty well.

Organizing isn't very difficult, but I would like to have someone who could help with the agenda and stuff.  I'd like to create our own website and post notes about what was discussed... that sort of thing.

I guess I'm just not a very good communicator and I'm a procrastinator, so I guess what I'm looking for is someone who can help me keep everyone interested or maybe just give me a nudge sometimes when I need to schedule a meetup or something.

In short, I think I'd do much better as just a member of the group, as opposed to being the organizer.  But no one else was stepping forward to start the group, so here I am.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.  Let me know what you'd like to get out of the meetups or if you have any ideas for future topics.  I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

See ya,


bml <[address removed]> wrote:
I've never made it out to the meetups yet, but I'd like to and might be
interested in being part of the organizing committee at some point.

Maybe it would be good if we start by finding a time that works well for
a majority of folks.

Lunch all weekdays is good for me. Mon and Tues early evening is also
good. Sunday ok too.

Ben Lieb

James Rice wrote:
> Hello members,
> I'm considering trying to set up another meeting soon. Is anyone
> interested?
> I am not very good at this whole "organizing" thing. I don't mind
> paying the money to keep the group going, but I'd love to have some
> help setting up the meetings.
> *Please send me a message if you are still interested in keeping this
> group going.* Also, anyone who would like to volunteer to be assistant
> organizer, please let me know.
> Thanks,
> --Jamesbiggrin
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